an animal & farmer friendly site.
The site was set up to help those thinking about purchasing rural land and
helps explain about
pasture, goat, deer, sheep & cattle, ,
disease prevention, birthing and newborns.
About Me (Elise.)
I am a dairy farmers daughter. As a kid
I helped/worked on the farm.
At school; biology, and botany were my favourite subjects.
When I left home, I trained, and became a registered
Years later, (married & with kids!!) We purchased a small rundown dairy farm,
and an unrecorded herd. (That was all we could afford)
Later we sold the small farm, to purchased a larger one.. A farm that proved to
be more "run down", and far more challenging than our first farm.
We upped the milk solid production dramatically.
Doing it the hard way (long hours & no short cuts) taught us heaps!!
As a dairy farmer in NZ
we had the advantage of attending DISCUSSION GROUPS, and experts.
Our local vets were very helpful .. they willingly answered ALL of my
Veterinarians get mentioned many times
in this website.. They usually live, and certainly work in the district. They're
the experts re the local weather,
the soil types, (mineral deficiencies, abundancies) and the diseases in the
I am most familiar with cattle.. mainly dairy cows.. Goat, sheep & deer
farmer friends have helped with additional information.
As a farmer I am
strictly a "fence at the top of the cliff" person rather than "an ambulance at the
ie: preventing diseases, & accidents (with humans
I enjoyed farming.. I enjoyed my animals..
Topics covered by this site include:
Things you'll need, and Things to consider if you have thoughts of becoming a small
Your animals behaviour, and managing them: Deer, cattle, goats, sheep.
Reproductive behaviour.. of sheep, goat, deer and cattle.
The page goes into some detail and there are photos with regards to "on
heat behaviour" in cows..
There are details re artificial insemination, and the bovine reproductive cycle.
vaccinations, and parasites.
Mastitis and bloat are covered "in depth"
Hooves, bloat, eyes, mastitis, about antibiotics, wound care.
(these pages are not a replacement for advice & treatment from your vets.. but
rather an explanation of diseases.)